Cemeteries one stone at a time…

I have been posting to my blog BJM Cemetery Discoveries for a while now, sharing my photos of cemeteries that I have visited rather than letting them get dusty on my computer.


I have joined Find A Grave. It will take me a while to add my memorials and pictures but so far people have been very kind.

Here is my grandfather Robert Boardman’s memorial that I manage.


I find Find A Grave is really good for finding tombstones and memorials for those buried in the USA. Canada is making progress in adding to Find A Grave but you also have to go to other websites in your search.

Unfortunately, it only allows you to search for the cemetery and makes you wade through all of the same named ones for the whole country and not by province.  So you may try searching using the person’s name, or the name of the cemetery but remember to spell out Saint, which is the correct way to add to Find A Grave.

Here is a list for searching for cemeteries online for Canada.

The Canadian Headstones.com:  http://canadianheadstones.com/

OCFA – Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid: http://ocfa.islandnet.com//homepage.html

Canadian Gravemarker Gallery:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cangmg/

Field of Stones project:  http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~clifford/index.htm

Gravestone Photograph Resource Canada Page: http://www.gravestonephotos.com/countries/canada.php

Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project:  http://cemetery.canadagenweb.org/ON/

The Archives of Ontario can give you lists of cemetery publications at their website, here is Glengarry. I did a pretty good job of visiting most of the cemeteries on this list on my trip to Glengarry County in 2012 and I wrote about it on this blog under Touring Glengarry.


Each province may have a special website for finding tombstones in Canada, like Hastings has one here:  Hastings County Cemeteries has ads that are annoying but it is helpful.


Lonely Stones: http://www.glengarrycounty.com/LS/lonelyst.html 

Cornwallroots:  http://cornwallroots.info/cms/index.htm

If you know of a website where they are doing great work on cemeteries in Canada, please comment with the name and url.


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